BIOGRAPHY

OLIVER BOKELBERG, ASC, DGA, AMPAS

Bokelberg grew up in his father's Photography Studio, in Hamburg, Germany. Moved to New York City in 1985, and graduated New York University UG Film & TV  in 1988.

His graduation coincided with the premiere of 'YO! MTV RAPS,' and  launched his career as  cinematographer on countless music videos; creating a distinctive style for Artist such as MC LYTE, REDMAN, and LL COOL J.

His first feature film CHARMS INCIDENTS was photographed 1995 in Vienna, Austria, and directed by Michael Kreihsl. It was awarded the Caligari  Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Followed by many independent Films; leading up to Sundance Winner 'THE STATION AGENT' in 2003. His collaboration with Tom McCarthy also created THE VISITOR and WIN WIN. 

The Birth of daughter Ava in 2006, prompted Oliver to pursue his career in television. He moved his family to Los Angeles and photographed many successful network pilots, i.e. DIRTY SEXY MONEY,  RAINES, MY OWN WORST ENEMY, SCANDAL, BIG SKY, and most recently ALASKA DAILY, and WILL TRENT.

SCANDAL was home for 7 years  and  evoked Oliver's career as Director. Bokelberg directed ten episodes of Scandal; as well as episodes of Station 19, Grey's Anatomy, Big Sky, and Alaska Daily. 

He is proud to have partnered with Shonda Rhimes and Debbie Allen on the documentary 'DANCE DREAMS - HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER', which Oliver conceived, directed, photographed and produced for Netflix.  

In 2022, Bokelberg takes on the role of Co-Executive Producer Director for the Tom McCarthy created ALASKA DAILY, starring Hillary Swank for ABC.

FILMOGRAPHY

Content by Bokelberg

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DANCE DREAMS -
Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
Documentary by Oliver Bokelberg

This feature-length Film takes its audience on a journey with 200 Kids ages 4 thru 20. They all share the same dream: to perform in Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. Ms. Allen mentors the kids to succeed in more than just dance; it is a rehearsal for the rest of their lives. 

In Development

UNITED STATES VS. DANY G.

A political Thriller, based on true events. An FBI Translator falls for her subject of surveillance, a well known Isis fighter.

THE CREW
Episodic TV Series

An all-girl Black Jack Team takes charge in Las Vegas, but they get in deeper than they bargained for. .

other projects on request

In the Can

SCANDAL
2012-2018

Bokelberg photographed the Pilot for Director Paul McGuigan. And continued as the DP with Shonda Rhimes and her team thru the entire run of the Show: "Thank you Shonda, for giving me the opportunity to direct 10 Episodes."

FEATURE FILMS
Director of Photography

THE STATION AGENT

THE VISITOR

WIN WIN

THE BOUNTY HUNTER

STRANGERS WITH CANDY

THE VISITOR

DARK MATTER

CHARMS INCIDENTS

LOGGERHEADS

HEIMKEHR DER JAEGER

...

TELEVISION PILOTS
Director of Photography

(* picked up for season)

  WORLD OF TROUBLE dir. Stephen Hopkins

*DIRTY, SEXY MONEY dir. Peter Horton

*RAINES dir. Frank Darabont

*SCANDAL dir. Paul McGuigan

*SURVIVORS REMORSE dir. Ken Whitingham

*MY OWN WORST ENEMY dir. David Semel

*UP ALL NIGHT dir. James Griffith 

*DEVIOUS MAIDS dir. Paul McGuigan

*TRAUMA dir. Jeffrey Reiner

  CRUSHED dir. Scott Ellis

*FOR THE PEOPLE dir. Tom Verica

*BIG SKY dir. Paul McGuigan

*THE ENDGAME dir. Justin Lin

*ALASKA DAILY dir. Tom McCarthy

*WILL TRENT dir. Paul McGuigan

MUSIC VIDEOS
1988-1995

Mc Lyte, LL Cool J, Shabba Ranks, KRS-One, Redman, Das EFX, Audio Two, Stetsasonic,  Republica, Rakim, Branford Marsalis, B.B. King, Run DMC, 3rd Bass, Stereo Mc's, Chantay Savage, Christina Aguilera...

In Addition

Bokelberg enjoys being on the faculty for the Masterclass program of the American Society of Cinematographers. His 8 hour class concentrates on seeing light and implementing lighting concepts, while understanding its impact on actor's performances as well as production. When to consider cross shooting with two or more cameras, and how to go about it successfully?

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Sundance

Film Festival

2003

Audience Award

THE STATION AGENT

Berlin

Film Festival

1996

Caligari Film Prize

CHARMS INCIDENTS

ASC 

AWARDS

2006

Nominee Pilot

RAINES

Emmy Award 

2021

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE

New York

Avignon Film Festival

2000

KODAK VISION AWARD

THE CITIZEN 

ASC 

AWARDS

2007

CHITA 

RIVERA

AWARD

2022

Nominee Pilot

MY OWN WORST ENEMY

Nomination
 

Best Director of a Documentary

DANCE DREAMS